Street Photography as Story Telling

Many street photography tutorials discuss reoccuring topics, such as focussing techniques, composition, candid shooting, etc. However, I believe that one topic is underrepresented – storytelling. Many composition principles in street photography are the same as in other kinds of photography. In addition, there needs to be some additional element of interest in the scene as well –…

Outdoor Portrait Photography with Flash and Sunlight  (3 Photographs)

Despite a good start with an overcast morning, to my disapointment, the day became really nice and sunny. Clearly, not very ideal conditions for an outdoor portrait shoot in the winter with leafless trees. This time again, my good friend Verena volunteered to model for the photo shoot. On short notice, I could not get…

Street Photography Japan – Part II: Pop Culture and Tradition (8 Photographs)

A trip to Japan leaves you with many different impressions. Part I focussed on the street life after midnight. Part II consists of 8 photographs together depicting contrast between modernity and tradition. One of the starkest contrasts can be found where traditional, religious life meets modern pop culture. Rather than covering technology as an aspect of modernity,…

Street Photography Japan – Part I: After Midnight (5 photographs)

After Midnight, no trains or subways are bringing you home. Osaka and Tokyo are some of the densest populated cities in the world and the nightlife is bustling. But as in the Cinderella story, at midnight, most of the bubbly atmosphere comes to an end. A friend told me, it is probably good that way. Having to…

Japan Modern Architecture and Cityscapes (7 pictures)

Less than a week ago I returned from a 18 days stay in Japan. I lived in Osaka in the Shinsaibashi neighbourhood, which is a great hub near some major sightseeing areas. I visited Kyoto, Kobe and Tokyo on the weekends. This blog post exhibits a couple of pictures of modern architecture and cityscapes. The…

Astro Photography: Night Sky from a Terrace 

“Night Sky from a Terrace” was shot with: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Fujinon XF 10-24 F4 R OIS Manfrotto Tripod Mechanical Cable Release Q-Settings: DR 100 WB Auto NR 0 RAW Long Exposure Noise Reduction off Shot-Settings: Manual Focus Bulb Mode 50 Sec ISO 1600 f/4.0 Here the original before post processing: Post processing was done in…

Street Photography – Choosing the final photograph

In my previous post I showed some architectural pictures of this picturesque city – Chicago. However, I could not resist shooting some street photographs – it was a must. Of course, if the subject is willing to be photographed (thanks Jamila!) one ends up with many pictures of the same subject, different angles, different bystanders,…

Chicago Architecture and the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

Yes, finally, a real opportunity to try out the lens that is becoming my most favorite lense of all times – a trip to Chicago. Chicago is probably one of the most picturesque US cities. While it features a centre of high rise buildings, there is nothing uniform about it. Every sky scraper tries to…